CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Animal Control officers back at a neighborhood in Ballantyne hoping to rescue two more cats from a house where they seized eight cats over the weekend.
"I'm hoping that they can find placement for the cats or at least get some things cleaned up so that things can get better," said neighbor Katie Baldwin.
Baldwin lives across the street from the woman known as “The Cat Lady”.
A search warrant was left behind on the door of the house on Roseton Lane in the Southgate Commons neighborhood just as it was last week, when officers also took a bird from the house.
On Tuesday, authorities left food and traps in hopes of catching two cats they feel may still be inside the cluttered and filthy house; the search warrant cites possible inhumane and unsanitary conditions at the house.
One officer said he was able to smell a strong odor of urine and feces when the front door was opened. Neighbors said there have been as many 30 cats inside the house where the woman has lived for decades. They said she has been in Ohio with her ailing mother and had paid someone to take care of her cats. But when the woman came to the house and saw the conditions she called Animal Control.
"When they opened the door she or he said, ‘No way! I'm not going in,’” said neighbor Bob Breitzhman, who has lived near the woman for three-and-a-half years.
"She's a real nice, real sweet lady. I go out to get my mail and she's outside petting one of the cats-- real super nice," Breitzhman said.
But other neighbors said that they've complained about the problem for years, and hope that the sights of Animal Control officers signal an end to the problem.
"It is a nuisance in that the smell is overpowering of ammonia. If you have a cat and you missed cleaning the litter box one day, so imagine how it was with 10 or 12 cats," said Pam Spurlin.
"Hopefully she takes care of what she needs to care off." Breitzhman said.